The notion that Wi-Fi is somehow a second-class citizen because it's the "offload" for cellular operators? Well, that just doesn't hold water any longer. If given a choice, most consumers already choose Wi-Fi first and cellular second.
According to a new Reuters report, Apple is hiring a dedicated sales force and working with application developers in the area, an effort by the company to ratchet up its push into the mobile enterprise market following a deal in July with corporate powerhouse IBM.
Call me crazy, but I thought Apple already had an evangelist for its forthcoming Apple Watch, and his name is Jony Ive. Nonetheless, the company is looking to hire someone to take Ive's show on the road.
Microsoft is going to let users create and edit Office content on iPhones, iPads, and soon Android tablets using Office apps without an Office 365 subscription. It's another example of Microsoft choosing to forgo some revenue in order to get its software on more devices.
We are now entering a new phase of competition in the global smartphone market and the likes of Lenovo and Xiaomi are poised to make life a lot more difficult for market leaders Samsung Electronics and Apple. How Samsung and Apple respond will go a long way to determining whether they can maintain their status as market leaders, though I think Samsung has a lot more to worry about right now than Apple does.
Momentum for Wi-Fi calling among wireless operators continues to build, and it's making players in the Wi-Fi market more bullish than ever.
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is holding talks on a funding round that would value the company at around $40 billion to $50 billion, according to a Bloomberg report, the latest sign of the firm's rapid ascendance in the smartphone market.
Google's Android platform has long dominated the smartphone market in terms of market share, but research firm Strategy Analytics thinks Android has reached its peak. Android ran 84 percent of smartphones shipped globally in the third quarter, according to the research firm, down from 85 percent in the second quarter. "Android's global smartphone market share is peaking," Strategy Analytics analyst Neil Mawston told the Wall Street Journal.
Apple is going to start selling its Apple Watch in the spring of 2015, according to an internal company communication leaked to 9to5Mac. The report, citing an unnamed source's transcript of a video message sent by Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts, said the launch will come after the Chinese New Year and in the spring, which is a little later than some had expected.
The recent developments in mobile payments are a classic example of a rising tide lifting all boats. As soon as Apple Pay became active, the curiosity factor drove more than 1 million iPhone users to launch their long-neglected Passbook app, download their credit card onto their device, and try out the service. Then, all of the sudden, CurrentC (the brand of Merchant Customer Exchange), and SoftCard (the brand of the AT&T/Verizon/T-Mobile JV), from whom we'd heard zilch in about a year, sprung to life. That you couldn't ring up your Huggies purchase at CVS with your iPhone became this week's #firstworldproblem.